A worker in Illinois was killed on Feb. 13 after he was crushed between a tractor and a container. The 22-year-old man had been working for CenterPoint Intermodal Centers in Joliet when he died. Following the fatal accident, representatives of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration began an investigation to look into the causes.
The fatal workplace accident happened while the victim was driving a tractor that was hauling a container through the snow. When the tractor became stuck in the snow, the man exited the vehicle so that he could assess the damage. At the same time, the driver of a different tractor arrived to help get the stuck tractor out of the snow. The second driver did not see the worker, and the worker was pinned between the container and the tractor.
The worker was rushed to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, but he was pronounced dead at 4:54 p.m. According to the coroner's office, the cause of death was a work-related accident. Because the fatal injury accident occurred on private property, there were no citations or charges issued by Joliet police. No details were released about the OSHA investigation.
When a worker is killed in an accident like this, there are often family members left behind that have lost their main source of income. The spouse or children of a deceased worker may claim financial compensation for their loss by filing for workers' compensation death benefits. Many families decide to enlist the help of an attorney who has experience with these types of matters in order to help ensure that the appropriate benefits are received.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "OSHA investigating after worker crushed, killed in Joliet", Feb. 18, 2015